Wyoming businesses are preparing to host events in honor of National Manufacturing Day Oct. 5. There were more than 2,900 events held throughout the nation in 2017, and nine are planned in Wyoming this year.

Industry experts say the manufacturing industry continues to face significant challenges nationwide.

"MFG Day focuses on addressing common misconceptions by allowing manufacturers to open their doors, in a coordinated effort, and show what manufacturing is, and isn’t,” Gustave Anderson, assistant director of Manufacturing-Works, said in a news release.

Chugwater Chili will offer facility tours to the public and discuss manufacturing and entrepreneurship principles. Representatives of Metrohm Raman, a Laramie software and accessories manufacturer, will offer tours of the facility, where the company has grown from a startup of three employees to more than 40 employees and millions in annual revenue.

To kick off the events Sept. 28, PUMA Steel, with the help of the American Institute of Steel Construction and Laramie County Community College, will sponsor a welding scholarship contest for high school juniors and seniors. Finalists will be presented scholarships to LCCC’s welding department.

PUMA will also offer facility tours and display how software is used to create steel frame building structures in cyberspace before the steel is fabricated.

Manufacturing is a $2.4 billion industry in Wyoming and accounts for 5.3 percent of the state’s gross domestic product, according to the Wyoming Business Council. Wyoming’s 9,800 manufacturers average $64,600 in annual wages.

Celebration events can range from tours and competitions to demonstrations and open houses.

Manufacturers can hold events any time in the weeks surrounding Oct. 5. Any manufacturer who would like to participate can contact Manufacturing-Works at info@manufacturing-works.com.

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